What to Do around The Westin Sanya Haitang Bay Resort
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Situated at the southern tip of Hainan—often referred to as "the Hawaii of China"—Sanya is a resort boomtown that offers great weather, beautiful beaches, plenty of water sports, and an abundance of tropical fruit and seafood.
Jianfengzhen, Ledong, Hainan, China, 572542
About an hour or two west of Sanya city is Jianfeng mountain, a national park reserve of beautiful rain forest, clean air, and amazing wildlife. It's around a two-hour hike up to the peak (or you can try to catch a motorbike or car); once there,...
Haitang, Sanya, Hainan, China
Fish spas are a fun experience, especially taking someone who has never been. Shenzhou First Hot Springs Resort has a nice fish spa, but also has a beer pool and a milk pool. Actually, it has dozens of different hot springs, including traditional...
Sanyawan Rd, Tianya Qu, Sanya Shi, Hainan Sheng, China
At around 25 kilometers, this public beach is a must-visit, though be warned that it gets very crowded and is therefore not the best spot for water sports. In my opinion, it's much better to visit at night, when locals dance on the beach and you...
San Ya He Xi Lu, Tianya Qu, Sanya Shi, Hainan Sheng, China
Sanya is a wonderful place to go cycling. It's a destination spot for a lot of pro riders, who whiz around town. Most of the bike shops are located at Sanya Hexi Lu/Sanya River East Road, though many of the hostels also have bike rental. Expect to...
155 Xinjian St, Tianya Qu, Sanya Shi, Hainan Sheng, China, 572000
I think there's no better way to plunge into Chinese daily life than visiting a wet market, although foreigners might find it a raw and visceral experience. Sanya's market is better than most, for the fresh seafood. There are only a few creatures...
Haitang, Sanya, Hainan, China
Nantian Hot Springs is a high-mineral, high-salinity hot springs resort on the edge of Clearwater Bay. There are a total of 34 hot springs pools, located in a natural coconut grove. There is a waterfall pool with water column to massage your back....
Jiyang, Sanya, Hainan, China
Have you ever wanted to travel in a submarine? How about walking underwater like Jacques Cousteau? Then a visit to Yalong Bay Undersea World is a must. You can ride an Australian "semi-submersible vessel." It goes as deep as 1.7 meters, and you...
China, Hainan, Sanya Shi, Yazhou Qu, 崖城
In Mandarin this area is called Daxiao Dongtian, or "Big and Small Dongtian." A dongtian is a fairyland. In Taoist culture, there are 10 big dongtians, 36 small dongtians, and 72 blessed fairylands. This is Sanya's most ancient attraction, and is...
China, Hainan, Sanya Shi, Jiyang Qu, 鹿岭路
At the top of one of the tallest mountains in Sanya—which is more like a big hill, really—stands a statue of a deer looking over its back. The legend says that a boy was hunting the deer when suddenly the deer glanced back, and magically turned...
Yazhou, Sanya, China
To be completely honest, the Sanya Nanshan Temple is a bit of a tourist trap. Take the bus and dash in a for a quick photo of the sea goddess statue. All is not lost. The surrounding area is gorgeous, and well worth a stroll around to watch the...
Yalong Bay, Jiyang, Sanya, China
Yalong Bay translates as Asia Dragon Bay, and is a 7.5-kilometer beach area. A lot of people describe it as "Hawaii-like," with gorgeous scenery, coral reefs, and crystal-clear water. The bay has numerous recreational facilities, hosts major...
225 National Rd, Tianya Qu, Sanya Shi, Hainan Sheng, China
Sanya Tropical Ocean World is like a less flashy version of Sea World in the United States—with a Chinese twist. I like the aquarium area the best, because it's a peaceful respite from the hot outdoor weather. It's a great place to spend an...
Wuzhizhou, Haitang, Sanya, China
This island is a must-visit. There are many sights to check out, including: the Goddess Matsu Temple, the Lover's Bridge, Sunrise Rock, the Gold Turtle Stretching toward the Sea, Lover's Island, and the Life Well. Sunrise Rock in particular is an...
China, Hainan, Sanya Shi, Jiyang Qu, Luhuitou Rd, 河东区鹿回头半岛
Sanya is home to a world-class yacht marina, which hosts frequent yacht racing competitions such as the Volvo Ocean Race. The yachts are astonishing: incredibly expensive and simply beautiful. You can ask at your hotel or consult a Sanya event...
Haitang, Sanya, Hainan, China
The Miao minority village is run by the local Miao people, a culture completely distinct from the Hans, or what most of us think of as "China." Also known as Hmong people, they come from the mountainous region that spans Vietnam, Laos, and China....
Haitang Bay, Sanya, China
Rural tours are suddenly a trend on Hainan, with groups visiting real agrarian villages inland from Sanya's glitzy resorts. The tours are usually advertised as "Nong Jia Le," which translates as "happy farmhouse." There's usually a quick walk...
Jiyang, Sanya, China
Admiral Zheng He led seven voyages searching for treasure during the early Ming Dynasty. These are a fixture in popular Chinese history, so it's no surprise that Sanya has built a replica tourist ship. The Paradise No. 1 launches every evening...
88 Sanyawan Rd, Tianya Qu, Sanya Shi, Hainan Sheng, China, 572000
Fat Daddy's is a favorite among expats in Sanya. The Western food and cocktails are solidly consistent, and it features one of the better imported beer selections in the city. Locals also know that Fat Daddy's is one of the area's top live music...
No. 1 Hai Long Road, 吉阳区三亚市 HA, China
Sanya Sea Shell Museum is the first sea shell museum in China. The 3,000-square-meter space features more than 300 species of shells, including those native to Sanya. The museum is open every day from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. It costs 50RMB to enter...
Sanyawan Rd, Tianya Qu, Sanya Shi, Hainan Sheng, China, 572000
The first botanical garden open to tourists in China, Xinglong has a long and storied history. The 400,000-square-meter space features more than 1,200 tropical plants, and walking the entire garden in one day is impossible. For someone like me who...
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